Anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguard measures affect foreign producers, Canadian importers and Canadian end-users by increasing the cost of goods imported into Canada. These measures can often disrupt supply chains and force companies to search for alternative sources. Anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations place significant burdens on involved companies and require significant amounts of time, labour and money to defend. These substantive investigations are often accompanied by a negative impact on your company’s bottom line. These measures therefore pose an important risk both to Canadian businesses and to foreign companies exporting into Canada that cannot be ignored. As a foreign producer, Canadian importer or Canadian end-user, you have the right to participate in these inquiries to protect your interests and Woods, LaFortune LLP is here to help.

Woods, LaFortune LLP advises and represents Canadian and foreign producers, exporters, importers and end-users on Canadian anti-dumping and countervailing duty (anti-subsidy) laws and regulations. Working with our clients, we make representations to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT). We also seek review of existing anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders and appeal decisions to the courts and/or international agencies.

We devise strategies to manage the risks of trade actions for your company. In connection with these strategies, we advise clients on import and resale price practices and on market strategies designed to risk-manage the maximization of market share. We also work closely with our clients to prepare and present product exclusion requests to allow for specific products to be imported into Canada without being subject to anti-dumping or countervailing duties imposed on similar products.

In safeguard actions, we make submissions to government officials and develop and implement strategies in relation to lobbying members of Parliament, and specifically, key Ministers of the Cabinet involved in acting upon recommendations for tariff remedies.

Our trade remedies practice includes:

  • Anti-Dumping and Countervailing duty investigations and inquiries (CITT Preliminary Injury ad Injury Inquiries)
  • Expiry Reviews (Sunset Reviews) of existing Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty Orders
  • Interim Reviews of existing Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty Orders
  • Public Interest Inquiries into the imposition of Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties
  • Product Exclusions
  • Safeguard and Economic Inquiries


Trade remedies can have an immediate impact on your business and its viability.  If you have any questions concerning Canadian law or specific cases, please contact Gordon LaFortune at (613) 424-3921 or by e-mail at for a no fee, no obligation consultation.